Anyone who has experienced the rains in Mumbai will know that there is something undeniably romantic about the season. And how many times have we seen Bollywood use the monsoon as a device to create an intimate atmosphere that heightens love (and loss) in all its avatars.
Here’s a list of movies that use rains to great effect on the silver screen.
Life In A… Metro
This is Anurag Basu’s ode to Mumbai. Life In A… Metro narrates the short stories of various characters who call Mumbai home, using the monsoon as the one constant element that ties these tales together. Basu recognises Mumbai’s relationship with the season and gives it new voice in the movie; topping it off with the hit song, Alvida.
Wake Up Sid
Catching the first rains in Mumbai is the thread that weaves through this coming-of-age film. The real romance here is between Konkona Sen Sharma and the monsoon. It’s about her first experience, heightened by a description given to her by her other love interest, Ranbir Kapoor.
If the rains have ever been shown seductively on screen, then it’s in Sudhir Mishra’s Chameli, where the two protagonists connect after being stranded together in a storm. And when Kareena Kapoor begins to dance with abandon in Bhaage Re Mann, you can’t help but sway with her.
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This one had to be included: Tum Mile is based on the cloudburst of July 2005 that brought Mumbai to a standstill. Featuring some hummable songs and passable acting, this is a romantic movie that occasionally strays into disaster flick territory. There isn’t much that’s disastrous in the movie, except for Soha Ali Khan’s make-up in some scenes. Watch it on a rainy day. Pun intended.
Few things connect everyone who stays in Mumbai, from the richest to the poorest. Kiran Rao recognises this and aptly uses the rains as a metaphor for this connection in her in 2011 film, Dhobi Ghat. Her unique sense of direction gives Mumbai’s monsoon a life of its own, with each drop seemingly signifying the different directions each Mumbaikar takes in the city of opportunities, to achieve his own dream.
Who can forget Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor shielding themselves from the rain – and prying eyes – under a coat in the rains in this box office hit. Just for recreating the same scene from the original Aashiqui from 1990, and using Mumbai’s rains to great effect, this movie deserves a spot on this list.
ABCD: Any Body Can Dance
There’s an honourable mention for Remo D’Souza’s movie, because of the rain dance choreographed to Bezubaan Phir Se. The song, as well as the dancing were much appreciated, even if the rest of the movie wasn’t.
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